5 Ways to Save $20

Are you looking for  just a few changes that can help you save just a little bit more money this week than you saved last week?

Look no further, because here is a list of 5 easy ways you can save $20 this week! Do one a week and you could have a cool hundo in your savings account at the end of the month!

1 – Invite Your Friends Over Instead of Going Out to Eat

We were supposed to go meet some friends for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants a few weeks ago. But after talking it over with them, we realized it was the end of the month and all of us had kind of gone over (or, in my case, completely overshot) our eating out budgets. So, instead of scrapping our get together entirely I said, “How about you guys come over and we make a pizza instead?”

“Perfect,” they said! “We’ll bring the wine!”

For the cost of a bottle of wine and a trip to the store for some shredded mozzarella we had pizza at home and still got to hang out with our friends. Plus, the toppings bar of basically “pull out anything in the fridge that looks good” was really fun! We started brainstorming different ways to do dinner at home (Taco night! Crock-pot soups!) and are looking forward to our next night in!

2 – Call Your Cable Company

Maybe you’re not ready to cut cable the way that we did. But that doesn’t mean you can’t call up your cable provider and see if there is anyway they could lower your bill. Maybe you qualify for some promotional deals. Maybe there are channels you never watch that you don’t mind getting rid of. Either way, 10 minutes of your time could net you $20 a month or more in savings!

PS – you might as well call your cell phone provider as well, while you’re at it!

3 – Skip Date Night and Plan a Romantic Picnic

Fall is in the air, and sometimes that cool weather is just calling you out of the house. But you don’t have to do anything super expensive when you head outdoors. Instead of date night this Saturday, consider a date day, and go for a romantic picnic lunch or a nice morning hike. I bet you could whip up a quick pasta salad with stuff already in the house! Grab that bottle of wine you’ve been saving, and enjoy the bug-free fall weather.

4 – Buy Generic During This Week’s Grocery Shop

Now… I’m not saying you have to do this every time you shop. But I know that many of us reach for brand name items without even thinking about it. I’m guilty of it. I love my Bounty paper towels something fierce.

But how much might you save if you replaced ALL your groceries with generics this week? I bet it might even be more than $20. So put back those Lucky Charms and pick up those Marshmallow-O’s. I bet you don’t even notice the difference! And hey, you might even find some generics you like better than the brand names!

5 – Stock Your Amazon Cart

Anytime you’re tempted to shop online this week, put the item in your cart and then just… walk away.

I’m not saying you can’t buy it. I’m saying, “don’t buy it this week.”

At the end of the week, take a look at how much absolute garbage is in your cart (if you’re anything like me, it might be hundreds of dollars worth!) and then see how much of it you actually need. Garbage bags and dishwasher soap? Sounds good! The random hard-boiled egg cooker you desperately needed last Monday? You can probably delete that one!

So there you go! If you try any of these tips, leave your review in the comments!

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8 Responses

  1. Maggie says:

    Log in to Zappos.com and put the sores you want/need in your cart. Leave the site. A few days later, you’ll get an email asking if you really want them. And, often, a credit to buy them. I got a pair of Asics runners for $17.98 by waiting a week.

  2. Maggie says:

    If there’s more than one cable company in town, call yours up and say that you’re thinking about switching. You can usually get the equivalent of their new customer package or some premium channels for free.

  3. Andrea says:

    I’m a fan of generic brands. Cereal and bread and stuff, tastes the same to me. I grew up on store brands though, too, so I tend to buy those. Except pop tarts! Good ideas!

  4. Julie says:

    I have also found that if you leave stuff in your Amazon cart and don’t buy it, quite often you get notices saying the price dropped. It’s like they’re begging you to come back and buy it.

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